Govt has decided to ban TLP, says Sheikh Rashid

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Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Wednesday said the government has decided to ban Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

The decision to ban the TLP has been taken at the Punjab government’s request.

“We are forwarding a summary to the federal cabinet to impose a ban on the TLP,” Rashid said while addressing a press conference.

“The Punjab government has pleaded for the ban on TLP as its workers were involved in violent protests and rampage,” the minister maintained.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the issue of sanctity and the finality of the Prophethood is very dear to the government like any other Muslim.

The minister said the government tried its best to draft a unanimous resolution to be tabled in the National Assembly but TLP remained adamant to its demands that were not-genuine.

At least two police personnel were martyred and 340 others were injured as protests continued in various parts of the country for a third day on Wednesday against the arrest of TLP chief Allama Saad Hussain Rizvi.

In Lahore, protesters beat a police constable to death during a clash in Shahdara area. Shahdara Police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against TLP leaders and workers for the killing of the police constable.

The TLP is protesting blasphemous caricatures published in France and demanding that the French ambassador be sent home and import of goods from that country banned.